Do you like crafts or arts?

Karori Arts & Crafts (KACC) welcomes new members. We foster artistic expression across a diverse range of arts and crafts that feature in this website. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in arts and crafts or any of our special interest groups. You do not have to be a Karori resident to join KACC, we have members from all over Wellington and the Greater Wellington Region.

If you enjoy working in a fun, social environment that encourages creativity in:
  • art: painting, photography, mixed media, paper crafts, collage, drawing, printmaking, calligraphy and bookmaking
  • craft: quilting/patchwork, embroidery, knitting, crochet, textile art or assemblage - think about joining us
  • special interest groups: walking, mah jong, garden group, antique appreciation.
The majority of our activities are untutored groups of people who already have the skills required in their chosen art or craft. For those who want to know how to begin to paint, or draw, or quilt, or applique, or make cards we have a wide range of classes and workshops at discounted rates for our members that are open to non-members subject to available spaces.  Other classes target those with experience who want to extend their skillset or explore new mediums or techniques or simply practice their art or craft in a more structured manner in the company of other intermediate level artists. See our class and activities page for more details.We have a comprehensive Children's Art Programme with  after-school classes that focus on teaching art in a fun and practical way.  

we are also launching a new membership type this year for families that allows children to come to our monthly kids club and get priority placement on our school hoiday workshops for teenagers and children. Contact Margaret on 476-6817 for pricing as it varies according to familty size. Grandparents can also join with their grandchildren if they want to support their artistic development. This is also a great time of year to join our club and help cultivate your creative life - maintain a work/volunteer-life balance. You can try a hobby you have always wanted to pursue, we have classes during the day, some at night and weekend workshops all designed to help you.

Congratulations to Nancy Mc Millen from the Portrait Club whose painting of her husband Stuart has been selected as a finalist in the Adams Portaiture Award. Her entry can be viewed online at

We have a fantastic Camera Club as well who meet fortnightly on a Wednesday night from 7.30-9.30pm they have a range of interesting speakers and practical field trips and are all generous with sharing their knowledge with you.


A popular workshop from last year was Baltimore Quilting that involves a lot if detailed and intricate hand stitching, Fyvie Murray ran a series of four workshops late 2014 and early 2015 on this topic. The photo below shows the group decision-making exercise reagrding Helena Hawke's Baltimore Quilt blocks. . After many months of work Helena is trying to decide how to arrange the various blocks to best effect. There were lots of different opinions and animated discussion that I suspect left Helena more confused than when she began. Helena and Fyvie belongs to a craft and quilt group that meet every Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm, though some people stay on until 4pm to get more work done.

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